1. Travel Guide
  2. Where to go?
  3. News and Events
  4. Search a destination
  5. Map of destinations
  1. Go to Air France website
  2. My account
  3. My Bookings
  4. Check-in
  5. Contact us
  1. France - French
Click here to add or remove this item from your selection.

FESTIVALS, HOLIDAYS AND OTHER ANNUAL EVENTS IN Paris

There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Paris each year. The main ones are listed below.

January 1: New Year's Day (national)

February 14: Valentine's Day (celebrated nationwide)

As everyone knows, Paris is the City of Love, and Valentine's Day therefore takes on a very special meaning. Couples take advantage of this day to exchange missives and gifts as proof of their devotion, as well as red roses, symbolizing passion. Restaurants and cafés are besieged, particularly those offering a romantic atmosphere. Advance reservations are required.

March or April; Easter Monday (national)

May 1: Labour Day (national holiday)

On the first of May, it is customary to offer a sprig of lily-of-the-valley to close ones. Many vendors occupy the pavement on that occasion!

May 8: Victory in Europe Day (national holiday)

May 8 Victory in Europe Day (national holiday) Commemorates the Allied victory in Europe that ended World War II on this day in 1945. Each year in Paris, there are two ceremonies on this day. At Place Clemenceau, the French president lays a wreath at the foot of the statue of General de Gaulle. Next, escorted by the Republican Guard, the president reviews the troops and greets spectators along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées before arriving at the Arc de Triomphe, where he lays another wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and rekindles its flame.

June 21: Fête de la Musique (celebrated nationwide)

Also celebrated internationally as World Music Day, for this festival many free concerts featuring all types of music are held in the streets and at various venues around Paris, with the revelry continuing late into the night.

June 21–August 23: Fête des Tuileries (local event)

Bumper cars, ghost trains, shooting galleries, turn-of-the-century wooden carousel horses – every summer Paris pulls out the stops for this traditional fun fair in the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries, to the delight of local residents and tourists.

July 14: Bastille Day (national holiday)

July 14 Bastille Day (national holiday) This holiday celebrates both the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, the key event marking the beginning of the French Revolution. It plays as a symbol of the end of the privileges enjoyed by the clergy and the aristocracy. In Paris, this anniversary is commemorated each year with fireworks and dance parties open to everyone at various venues throughout the city. The most spectacular fireworks display is set off from the Trocadéro and the Eiffel Tower, and is usually preceded by a huge and free outdoor concert on the Champs-de-Mars.

July–August: Cinéma en Plein Air (outdoor cinema) (local event)

This outdoor cinema festival returns every summer to the green lawns of Parc de la Villette, with a programme of films organised around a specific theme. The atmosphere is always relaxed and friendly.

August 15: Assumption Day (national holiday)

August 15 Assumption Day (national holiday) Masses and processions are held throughout the city on this major feast day. Pilgrims can join in a special procession on a barge on the Seine, leading to the Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Third weekend in September: European Heritage Days (celebrated nationwide)

The aim of the European Heritage Days is to open up numerous sites and monuments, many of which are normally closed to the public. A great opportunity for a lovely stroll through the city to admire architectural treasures!

November 11: Remembrance Day (national holiday)

On this day, French citizens gather at war memorials to commemorate the signing of the 1918 Armistice officially bringing an end to the First World War. In Paris, the main ceremony led by the French president is held at the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Élysées.

December: Christmas markets (national event)

As the holiday season approaches, several Christmas markets are held at various venues in the French capital, including the Champs-Élysées, Montparnasse and La Défense. Many wooden stalls offer regional food specialities and decorations.

December 25: Christmas (national holiday)

December 31: New Year's Eve (national)

On December 31st, a beautiful display of fireworks is set off the Arc de Triomphe to celebrate the transition to the new year.

Click here to add or remove this item from your selection.

CLIMATE AND WEATHER IN Paris

Paris has an oceanic climate, but experiences a wider range of temperatures and less rainfall than cities and towns on the Atlantic coast. Winters (from December to March) are mild, with at least a dusting of snow about 12 days a year, on average. Summer days (from June to September) in Paris are warm and sunny, ideal for taking strolls and discovering the city's treasures and eclectic neighbourhoods.

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January 3/37 7/45 51/2.0 Not the best period to go
February 3/37 8/46 41/1.6 Not the best period to go
March 5/41 12/54 48/1.9 Not the best period to go
April 7/45 16/61 52/2.0 Not the best period to go
May 11/52 20/68 63/2.5 Good period to go Good period to go
June 14/57 23/73 50/2.0 Good period to go Good period to go
July 16/61 25/77 62/2.4 Good period to go Good period to go
August 16/61 25/77 53/2.1 Good period to go Good period to go
September 13/55 21/70 48/1.9 Good period to go Good period to go
October 10/50 16/61 61/2.4 Not the best period to go
November 6/43 11/52 51/2.0 Not the best period to go
December 3/37 7/45 58/2.3 Not the best period to go
Click here to add or remove this item from your selection.

Paris International Airports

Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle International Airport

The Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle International Airport is located about 26 kilometres (16 miles) north-east of central Paris.
  • Three terminals:
    • Terminal CDG 1
    • Terminal CDG 2 Halls A-B-C-D-E-F-G (Air France E, F and G)
    • Terminal 3

The terminals are linked together with the CDGVAL shuttle (except for terminal 2G, which connects the other terminals and the TGV station by bus shuttle).

Getting from the airport to Paris and back:
  • By car
    • Accessible via the A1, the A3 and the A104 motorways.
    • There are several parking facilities at each terminal (including pick-up and drop-off and both short- and long-term parking garages or lots).
    • Several car rental companies have counters in all terminals.
  • By rail
    • Line B of the RER commuter rail system connects the airport to central Paris, with a travel time of about 30 minutes to Gare du Nord. The one-way fare is EUR 10.30.
  • By bus
    • Buses 350 and 351 offer services to Gare de l'Est and Place de la Nation (EUR 6 one way).
    • Noctilien, a night bus service, connects the airport with Gare de l'Est from midnight until 4:30 a.m. EUR 8.00 one way.
    • RoissyBus operates a shuttle bus service between the airport and Opéra metro station, with departures every 15-20 minutes. EUR 13.70 one way.

Paris Orly International Airport


The Paris Orly International Airport is located about 14 kilometres (9 miles) south of central Paris.

Getting from the airport to Paris and back:
  • By car
    • Accessible via the A6.
    • There are several parking facilities at each terminal (including pick-up and drop-off and both short- and long-term parking garages or lots).
    • Several car rental companies have counters in each terminal.
  • By rail
    • Access to Line B of the RER commuter rail system: take the Orlyval shuttle train to the Antony train station. The combined one-way fare is EUR 12.10.
    • Access to Line C of the RER commuter rail system: take the "GO C Paris" shuttle bus to the Pont de Rungis train station. The combined one-way fare is EUR 6.35 (includes shuttle bus + RER train).
  • By bus
    • Bus 183 links the Terminal Sud of the airport with Porte de Choisy station on the southern edge of Paris, with a travel time of about 40 minutes. EUR 2.00 one way.
  • By Orlybus shuttle
    • Shuttle bus service to Denfert-Rochereau station, with a travel time of 20-30 minutes. EUR 9.50 one-way.
  • By taxi
    • Taxis are available at the ranks outside each terminal. The trip to central Paris costs around EUR 30 (night rates apply after 8 p.m.).
  • Services: shops, bars and restaurants, free Internet access (Wi-Fi) available in the airport.
  • Telephone: +33 (0)8 92 56 39 50 (cost of a local call, EUR 0.35/min)
  • Website: https://www.parisaeroport.fr/en/homepage

Click here to add or remove this item from your selection.

GETTING AROUND Paris

Metro, buses, trams, bicycles, boats, taxis, there is no shortage of ways to get around Paris! The city's excellent public transport options can get you anywhere, at any time of the day or night.

By rail

With nearly 300 stations, the Paris Metro is by far the easiest and least expensive way to get around the French capital. A single ticket costs EUR 1.90, including all transfers for a period of 90 minutes to other Metro lines or the RER within Paris.

City pass

Paris City Pass allows unlimited use of public transport in: buses, the Metro, trams, the RER and the Montmartre funicular. Valid for 1 to 5 consecutive days, prices start from EUR 7.50.

Paris Visite

The Paris Visite Pass (a magnetic ticket) allows unlimited use of public transport in buses, the metro, the RER and the Montmartre funicular. Several packages available (by distance), valid for a period of 1 to 5 consecutive days. Prices start from EUR 12.

By bus

Buses are an ideal solution for discovering Paris. The system's routes go through the centre of Paris, along the banks of the Seine, and pass by most of the city's historical monuments and districts. A single ticket costs EUR 1.90. Buses run from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., with a few routes operating in the late evening hours. There are also several Noctilien night bus routes operated from 12:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.

By tram

Several tram lines connect points on the outskirts of the city. A single ticket costs EUR 1.90.

By taxi

Some 15,000 taxis operate in Paris and there are 400 taxi ranks, indicated by a "Taxi" sign on a blue background. Some, but not all, taxis accept payment by credit card.

By bike

Paris has its own public bike-sharing service, called Vélib' Métropole. There are 18,000 bicycles distributed across 1,400 stations.
Two short-term subscriptions are available: a 1-day ticket costs EUR 5 (+ EUR 1 per extra 30 minutes – first 30 minutes are free) and a 7-day ticket costs EUR 15 (+ EUR 1 per extra 30 minutes – first 30 minutes are free). For further information, please visit https://www.velib-metropole.fr/en_GB

By boat

The Batobus service allows you to discover Paris' monuments by boat, making 9 stops along the way. It is operated from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Useful tip: especially designed for tourists, the Pass Batobus allows unlimited trips on the boats over a given period. Prices start from EUR 17.
For further information, please visit
https://www.batobus.com/en/homepage

Click here to add or remove this item from your selection.

Visitor information

Upon your arrival in Paris, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organise your stay.

Paris Tourist Office and Convention Bureau

Offers practical information and useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).

  • Address: Hôtel de Ville, 29 rue de Rivoli, 75004 Paris
  • Telephone: +33 (0)1 49 52 42 63
  • Website: https://en.parisinfo.com

Tourist information kiosks

These kiosks offer excellent advice and recommendations for exploring Paris and other points of interest nearby. Listed below are the addresses of official tourist information kiosks in Paris:

  • Paris Rendez-vous: 29 rue de Rivoli, 75004 Paris
  • Gare du Nord: 18 rue de Dunkerque, 75010 Paris
  • Carrousel du Louvre: 99 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
  • Champs-Élysées: 125 avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris
  • Auber: 13 rue Auber, 75009 Paris

Further information available online for visitors to France

The official website maintained by Atout France, the French tourism development agency, provides a wealth of information on Paris and its region.

Click here to add or remove this item from your selection.

Currency and Exchange Rates

The currency used in France is the Euro (EUR).

R$ 1 = € 0,15

€ 1 = R$ 6,67

The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.

Click here to add or remove this item from your selection.

Medical information

In order to travel in the best conditions and for your health and safety, we invite you to check all information regarding preventive measures and best practices to be respected, available on the official website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus

Your comfort, well-being and health are at the heart of Air France's concerns, and we want to help you prepare for your trip in the best way possible. Find out more about the measures taken to ensure safe travelling on our website: https://www.airfrance.fr/FR/en/common/page_flottante/information/coronavirus.htm#notre-engagement-sanitaire

See your doctor before you travel. It is recommended that you obtain insurance covering health care expenses as well as medical evacuation or repatriation before you leave home. Paris counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists.

Vaccinations

 

There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to France. For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:

Water

Tap water is safe to drink in Paris.

Click here to add or remove this item from your selection.

Administrative formalities

Foreign embassies and consulates in France

As a general rule, a visa is required to enter France. Foreign nationals in the two categories listed below are not required to carry a visa for stays of 90 days or less:

  • Citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or the Swiss Confederation
  • Citizens or nationals of several other countries.

For stays of more than 90 days, a long-stay visa is required. Travellers from all other countries must be in possession of a visa, regardless of the length of their stay. Visa applications must be submitted to the nearest French Embassy or French Consulate in the country of permanent residence well in advance of departure. For further information, visit the website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

For further information, visit the website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/

Click here to add or remove this item from your selection.

Useful addresses

Foreign embassies and consulates in France

Directory of foreign embassies and consulates in France

The directory made available online by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in French only) includes addresses and contact details for all foreign embassies and consulates in France:
http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/le-ministere-et-son-reseau/annuaires-et-adresses-du-maedi/ambassades-et-consulats-etrangers-en-france

To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Paris and France, be sure to check with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in your home country for the latest travel information and recommendations.

Click here to add or remove this item from your selection.

Essential phrases

Here are a few basic French phrases that will make your stay in Paris a little easier:

Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: Bonjour (morning) Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: <em>Bonjour (morning)</em>

Good evening: Bonsoir Good evening: <em>Bonsoir</em>

Goodbye: Au revoir Goodbye: <em>Au revoir</em>

Yes: Oui Yes: <em>Oui</em>

No: Non No: <em>Non</em>

No, thank you: Non, merci No, thank you: <em>Non, merci</em>

Thank you very much: Merci beaucoup Thank you very much: <em>Merci beaucoup</em>

Please: S'il vous plaît Please: <em>S'il vous plaît</em>

I don't understand: Je ne comprends pas I don't understand: <em>Je ne comprends pas</em>

Could you repeat?: Pouvez-vous répéter ? Could you repeat?: <em>Pouvez-vous répéter ?</em>

What time is it?: Quelle heure est-il ? What time is it?: <em>Quelle heure est-il ?</em>

Sorry: Pardon
Excuse me: Excusez-moi Sorry: <em>Pardon</em><br />
Excuse me: <em>Excusez-moi</em>

Airport: Aéroport Airport: <em>Aéroport</em>

Train station: Gare Train station: <em>Gare</em>

Taxi: Taxi Taxi: <em>Taxi</em>

Hotel: Hôtel Hotel: <em>Hôtel</em>

Hospital: Hôpital Hospital: <em>Hôpital</em>

Bank: Banque Bank: <em>Banque</em>

Telephone: Téléphone Telephone: <em>Téléphone</em>

I'm (…): Je suis (…) I'm (…): <em>Je suis (…)</em>

I'm looking for (…): Je recherche (…) I'm looking for (…): <em>Je recherche (…)</em>

How much is (…)?: Quel est le prix de (…) ? How much is (…)?: <em>Quel est le prix de (…) ?</em>

Do you have (…)?: Avez-vous (…) ? Do you have (…)?: <em>Avez-vous (…) ?</em>

Where can I find (…)?: Où puis-je trouver (…) ? Where can I find (…)?: <em>Où puis-je trouver (…) ?</em>

Where can I buy (…)?: Où puis-je acheter (…) ? Where can I buy (…)?: <em>Où puis-je acheter (…) ?</em>

I'd like (…): Je voudrais (…) I'd like (…): <em>Je voudrais (…)</em>

Click here to add or remove this item from your selection.

Good to know

+ 33
+ phone number (without the 0)
4 : 00
of time difference with
Sao Paulo
Start of daylight saving time: last Sunday in March

End of daylight saving time: last Sunday in October

BANKS

Usually open Tuesday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
GOVERNMENT OFFICES

Usually open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
220 V / 50 Hz

Tipping
In Paris like elsewhere in France, a service charge is always included in the bill. If you are particularly pleased with the service, you may certainly leave a few extra euros on the table. But this additional tip is neither expected nor necessary.

Air France reveals...